Welcome to the Wonderful World of Kindergarten!As we begin our adventure into learning, I’d like to introduce myself and offer some ideas to help make kindergarten a rewarding experience for you and your child.
My name is Renee Goodlin. I have been a teacher in Wood-Ridge for 15 years. I've formerly taught Kindergarten for 4 years, 2nd grade for two years, and 6th, 7th and 8th grade science at GRO middle school for 9 years. I have also taught 7th grade reading, science and math in Elizabeth for three years. Also, back in the day, I did my student-teaching in first grade. I am very excited to be teaching kindergarten again this year at Doyle. I can't wait to get to know your children and share my passion for learning with them. It will be an exciting year for both of us!!Reading is a vital part of your child’s education. You can help enhance their love of books by reading aloud to them everyday and by encouraging the use of the public library. Each week I will provide books and media from our local libraries to inspire them to read books they love and monthly topics and themes.Reading aloud to children awakens their sleeping imaginations and improves their language skills. When this is done in the classroom, it improves the atmosphere of the classroom. When it is done at home; it improves the quality of family life. But wherever it is done, the overwhelming result is that it improves children’s attitudes towards books and reading. Jim Trelease from The Read-Aloud HandbookChildren don’t learn to love books by themselves. Someone has to open the door to that world and show them the way. Together we can push that door wide open.There will be homework everyday except Friday. Homework is an extension of our schoolwork and a vital reinforcement. Your child should be able to complete the assignment by himself or herself, but you may help if asked. Journal writing will be given once to twice a week with assigned topics. Your child will evolve from drawing pictures to pictures with detailed messages. Forgotten homework must be completed the next night or for morning work the next day as an exception.Kindergarteners have a positive attitude towards learning and a wonderment for all new things. I can’t wait for the adventure to begin. -Renee Goodlin:)